Month: May 2021

Ruud Berkers, PhD

E054 From PhD in STEM Towards Clinical Practice in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Dr. Ruud Berkers is currently working as an early-career psychologist at HSK, a mental health care institution with locations across the Netherlands. He uses cognitive-behavioral techniques to treat a wide variety of complaints, including depression, anxiety, ptsd, and burnout.
In a previous stage of his career, he was a cognitive neuroscientist studying human memory, sleep and decision-making, obtaining his PhD at Radboud University Nijmegen and doing a postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive & Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany. Prior to that, he studied biology and psychology at Maastricht University, and obtained a Master in Cognitive & Clinical Neurosciences. During the latter program, he gained his first clinical experience working with patients diagnosed with an autism spectrum condition.
From the previous text, it might seem that Ruud’s career went in a straight linear trajectory. However, this is not quite true as his interests have always been broad. During his studies he gained experience in teaching, science journalism, and science policy, along with science and clinical work. At some point during his postdoc, he decided to redirect course and quit his postdoc to work towards a career as a clinical psychologist. He pursued to gain additional education and training, including working in an inpatient clinic specializing in anxiety and compulsive disorders, before landing a job at HSK in the little Dutch city of Ede.

Amy Cunningham

E053 On Building a Career in Public Relations: How To Build A Brand in 2021?

Amy Cunningham is currently the Director of Marketing and Communications for Columbia Hospitality. She leads a team of 21 people to support digital marketing, social media and public relations across more than 25 properties within the Columbia Portfolio.

Before joining Columbia, Amy was principal of ElUquote, a consultancy that focuses on better business communications. She ghost-wrote speeches for presentations across the globe, and led internal communications across four teams for Deloitte Consulting, representing more than 15,000 employees. Before Deloitte, Amy also worked with PR firms and digital marketing agencies for 20 years, building awareness campaigns and writing thought leadership pieces for technology and medical device clients including Philips Healthcare and IBM.

She is a recipient of the STAR award of excellence for her work in technology communications. Often working closely with C-level executives, Amy’s expertise is the ability to message key thoughts and ensure each word supports the speaker’s goal.

Amy spends her free time as a marathon runner, a TedX Seattle volunteer, traveling with her family and coach for the St. Anne middle school speech team.

Miguel Heinonen - Heirizon

E052 How To Trade an iPhone For an Online Platform? Business Development for Beginners

Miguel Heinonen is an entrepreneur who has worked in the startup community across the United States and United Kingdom. He is the founder and CEO of Heirizon, an employment marketplace that pairs employee with employers. Heirizon collates jobs by geography to make sure that out users can find employment conveniently. Miguel bootstrapped and built from the ground up, and he is an expert in building companies with little to no financial resources.

He also serves as a board member, advisor and avid YouTuber.

Maura Declercq-Madrila

E051 Confessions of a Professional Recruiter & Networker

Maura Declercq-Mindrila LLM, is a Belgian M&A Lawyer turned Entrepreneur. She is the founder of S T A F F, an executive search agency focussed on senior tech profiles within the STEM industries, helping companies grow Europe wide.

Maura studied International & European Law and Economical Law in Dutch and French at the Catholic University of Leuven (KUL) in collaboration with HUBrussel and at the Saint-Louis University in Brussels. She also holds a degree in Fashion from the Akademie for Fashion and Design (AMD) in Hamburg, Germany. Maura lived in Belgium, Germany, Romania and is currently based in Madrid, Spain. She is fluent in 6,5 languages.

She came in contact with politics and networking at the age of 16. After having successfully completed 2 internships in the Belgian Federal Parliament – with Senator Martine Taelman and with Deputy Hilde Vautmans, she was a board member of Open VLD Grimbergen, President of Jong VLD Grimbergen and PR and of Communication Manager for the Blue Ladies and LIMA.

Maura had a few career turns: from M&A lawyer, to headhunter on the pharmaceutical market in the DACH area, to owner of a production agency in the fashion sector, and finally owner and managing partner of an international network-based recruitment business. As an avid networker and serial connector, she is an active member of 18 network organizations globally organizing and attending events. She loves connecting people, building communities and creating meaningful relationships, based on trust. Lastly, Maura is a Polymath, with varied interests: technology, neuroscience, biohacking, philosophy, yin yoga, podcasts, animal welfare, gastronomy, music, cinematography, and many more!

Reach out to her:

🌐 www.staff-europe.com

➡️ https://www.linkedin.com/in/mauramindrila/

📩 maura@staff-europe.com

Roger Royse

E050 From Farmland Through Wall Street To Silicon Valley: How To Join Tech Revolution as a Lawyer

Roger Royse is a partner in the Palo Alto office of Haynes and Boone, LLP and practices in the areas of corporate and securities law, domestic and international tax, mergers and acquisitions, and fund formation. He works with companies ranging from newly formed tech startups to publicly traded multinationals in a variety of industries.

Roger is a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel and former chair of several committees of the American Bar Association Sections of Business Law and Taxation. He has been an instructor or professor of legal, tax and business topics for the Center for International Studies in Salzburg, Austria, as well as the Golden Gate University School of Law and Stanford Continuing Studies. Roger also authored the book “Dead on Arrival: How to Avoid the Legal Mistakes That Could Kill Your Start-Up.”